Samsung unveils new TVs, home theatre

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Samsung has unveiled its new range of televisions and home theatre systems for 2008 which looks to be the company's strongest line-up yet.

Leading the big-screen assault are the Series 7 HDTVs, Samsung's flagship LCDs with a unique "Crystal Design" styling. This adds subtle hues of reds to complement its underlying piano finish, delivering a one-of-a-kind accent that is discrete yet attractive. To match the svelte look, Samsung has even brought on-board a few firsts implemented via a new network connection: InfoLink, for weather and stock updates; Content Library for preloaded recipes and lifestyle information; and WiseLink Pro-DLNA for streaming media from your network.

The Series 6 LCDs also share the Crystal Design look and are very similar to the 7 series, but lack the networking functions. Both series include the 100Hz Motion Flow frame rate-doubling technology and four generous HDMI 1.3 inputs. On top of this, you also get a full-HD native resolution and a class-leading 50,000:1 dynamic contrast.

The two remaining ranges in the Australian LCD line-up are the Series 4 budget TVs, and the entry-level 1080p Series 5. With three out of four ranges being 1080p, Samsung is banking on Australia to invest heavily in full high-definition this year.

But Samsung hasn't forgotten its other strength — plasma — and has three ranges to choose from. The Series 6 is the flagship here, with Crystal Design again, a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, four USB ports and Wiselink USB connectivity.

One notch below the hierarchy is the Series 5 which is near identical sans the rose-black styling and one less HDMI.

If you have a soft spot for gaming, check out the Series 4 plasmas loaded with 3D wizardry reportedly developed in conjunction with software house Electronics Arts. To enable this cool feature, you'll need a pair of 3D glasses — slated for release in May — and 3D-tuned games and movies. To further boost its motion reproduction performance, it has a Real 100Hz frame rate-doubling technology which is sort of a trade-off for its lower HD-ready resolution.

To complement the new TVs, the company has also debuted a plethora of home theatre solutions, ranging from the wireless enabled HT-X810 to the Blu-ray powerhouses of the stand-alone BD-P1500 player and the Samsung HT-BD2.

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ethergy posted a comment   

ignore my previous comment, the new video covers my question (June 08 for Series 6)


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any news on a release date?

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